Some exciting news recently that I’ve been nominated for a British Composer Award for my orchestral piece In Search of Strategy! The piece was commissioned by Making Music, PRSF and Sound and Music last year and was performed by the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 earlier this year. The orchestra, and it’s conductor Robert Hodge did a fantastic job, and I was lucky enough to collaborate with the orchestra’s Artist in Residence, Lesley Fotherby, who produced a live abstract painting during the performance.
Front Foot Theatre’s brilliant production of ‘Proof’, directed by Sebastien Blanc, opens at the Tabard Theatre tonight. It’s been a fantastic project to be involved in, and I’d really recommend checking it out while it’s on through October. I’ve uploaded a selection of tracks that I wrote for the play here to whet your appetite… https://soundcloud.com/cjr-music-media/sets/proof
After months of hard work, I’m excited to announce that ‘Death of a Gentleman’ is complete! I had a great time composing and recording the soundtrack which received it’s premiere at Sheffield DocFest in June. After reviews in The Times, The Telegraph including “Rousing, powerful, persuasive and gripping”, the documentary will now be shown at the BFI to a sold-out audience on 23rd July. Check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/128602718
And my soundtrack here: https://soundcloud.com/cjr-music-media/sets/death-of-a-gentleman
My piece for the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra was broadcast last night as part of the Adopt a Composer scheme. Check out the following link for an overview and interviews about the piece: https://soundcloud.com/chrisroemusic/in-search-of-strategy-bbc-radio-3-interview And for the whole piece, here’s a film of Lesley Fotherby’s live painting: http://vimeo.com/114671582
I’m excited to be involved in a new feature-length documentary investigating the corruption and greed in the modern cricket world. We will be recording the music in March and the film is expected to be released later this year…
I am thrilled to have been selected for Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme, and to have the opportunity to work with percussionist Joby Burgess. Alongside other composers Benjamin Tassie, Eugene Birman and Lee Westwood we will be writing new pieces for vibraphone and aluminium harp, an extremely rare instrument where the sound is produced by rubbing aluminium rods. The pieces will be included in Joby’s future performance schedule.
I was lucky enough to attend the Soundtrack Cologne Festival this year as a nominee for the Peer Raben Award. The music that I wrote for ‘The Palace’ at the start of 2014 was chosen along with 9 others to be screened as part of the festival alongside lectures, masterclasses and opportunities to meet key players in the film music world. It was also great to meet up with George Christopolous (pictured above), the director of the Oticons competition that I participated in earlier this year.
I received some great news recently that I had been awarded 2nd place in the OTICONS International Film Music Competition out of over 200 entries. The competition consisted of two rounds where we had to write music to various briefs including for a film script currently in production. Part of the prize is to attend the Krakow Film Music Festival as well as a recording session at Galaxy Studios.
I’m excited to announce that my piece, ‘Oh Love’ for SATB choir has been shortlisted for the Nicola Dando Choral Composition Prize. Here’s a short extract of the Music Makers performing the premiere…
I was back at The Forge this week to hear my new piece ‘Silent Echoes’, commissioned by the wonderful London Graduate Orchestra, founded by Kemal Yusuf and conductor Claire Lampon. The piece was written to be programmed alongside Beethoven’s Septet in Eb major, and takes inspiration from this piece as well as Beethoven’s wider compositional approach.
I was lucky enough to spend this week working with conductor Jeremiah Cawley and the fantastic musicians from the Riot Ensemble (Goska Isphording, Rebecca Cass, James Leveridge, Enno Senft) on my new chamber piece, Wired. Programmed alongside Les Citations by Henri Dutilleux, as well as new premieres by Jenna Lyle, Jose Manuel Serrano, Arne Gieshoff and Drew Schnurr, the ensemble performed and recorded at The Forge in London and St. John’s Cambridge. Here’s an interview on the inspiration behind the piece.
I’m thrilled to be one of the 5 composers involved in this year's Adopt a Composer scheme, and particularly excited to be working with the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Robert Hodge, mentored by composer Colin Riley. I will be attending rehearsals, leading workshops and finally writing a piece for my adoptive orchestra that will be premiered in November 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The scheme is co-run by Making Music, Sound and Music and PRSF. Follow the blog to keep up to date!
This month I have been working on a commission for Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity as part of their Rhapsody Project. The piece, Collidosphere, is inspired by one of the artworks in the hospital’s collections, Assembly 450 by Joy Gerrard (pictured above), and will be recorded and put onto an app (available from the iTunes store) for patients and visitors to listen to as they walk around the hospital.
I am excited to announce that my orchestral piece, ‘Lavoisier’s Mirrors’, has been awarded second prize in the International Composition Competition to celebrate Witold Lutoslawski’s centenary. Part of the prize is to hear the premiere of the work by the International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra in Szcezcin, Poland, and attending the Warsaw Autumn Festival.
Winner of St. John’s Film Score Competition
I am thrilled that my film score, ‘Truth This Way’, has been chosen as the winner of the St. John’s Waterloo Film Score Competition. As part of the prize I get to conduct members of Southbank Sinfonia alongside the film on 2nd July!
Here’s a link to Adam Greve’s brilliant film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1x3PSryosU